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Pathways to registration as an architect in Australia

The most common pathway to registration is completion of an accredited Australian architecture qualification followed by the Architectural Practice Examination.

In consultation with the State and Territory Architect Registration Boards AACA has developed a number of alternative pathways.

Local and overseas experienced practitioners may be eligible to complete the fast-track assessment before applying to the local Architect Registration Board.

The National Program of Assessment provides access to the Architectural Practice Examination for practitioners who have not completed an accredited architectural qualification.

For practitioners who completed an architectural qualification outside Australia the Overseas Qualifications Assessment provides access to the Architectural Practice Examination.

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AACA Seeks Participants for Focus Groups

Do you have something to say about the way practitioners can be involved in architectural education? The AACA is looking for a mix of architects to take part in focus groups nationwide.

After the excellent response to the AACA’s Survey of the Profession on Architectural Education, the research team will be running focus groups with current practitioners to explore issues that arose in the survey, such as ways architecture firms can be more involved in the practice elements of architectural education.

The currently scheduled focus groups are as follows:


9–10.30am Tuesday
26 February
Architects Registration Board of Victoria


9.30–11am Wednesday 
13 March
Architects Board of Western Australia


1.30–3pm Thursday
14 March 
Australian Institute of Architects’ Brisbane Office


9–10.30am Thursday
21 March
AACA Office

The AACA is looking for a mix of architects from small, medium and large practices to take part in each focus group, as well as a number of recent graduates (not yet registered). If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to the AACA by 18 February, stating your firm (or sole practice) name, firm size (S/M/L) and your position.

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Information for NPrA Candidates

Want more information on the AACA National Program of Assessment (NPrA)?  Hear from the NPrA Management Team and successful candidate and registered architect, Nuala Collins


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20 Nov Update: Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand

Survey of practitioners open until 14 December

A critical component of the Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand led by the AACA with the support of all architectural stakeholder organisations is a survey of practitioners (whether registered as architects or not). 

The brief anonymous survey of practitioners working across all levels in the profession is open until 14 December. Interviews and focus groups teasing out findings of the survey will follow early in 2019, so it is important that all practitioners across the profession participate in the survey.

So, please make sure you complete the survey and encourage your colleagues to do likewise – regardless of their role and experience in practice. We want to hear all voices!

Literature Review

The Research Team is currently working on the literature review – an important component to provide context for the research. 

Academic survey

The Academic survey has been issued to all ongoing and sessional architecture academics via Schools of Architecture for administrative ease.  Information is not linked to particular Schools – the responses are anonymous and will be aggregated across Australia and New Zealand.  The survey is open until 30 November 2018. If you are an ongoing or sessional academic Semester 2 2018 and you haven’t seen the survey – ask your Head of School so you can have your say.


Please email the Study’s Research Director at [email protected].

The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia is leading a major study of Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand with the support of all architectural stakeholder organisations in Australia and New Zealand. The Study includes a literature review, collection of data from a range of sources, surveys of the opinions of architecture academics and practitioners, interviews with key stakeholders such as Architect Registration Boards and architectural representative bodies, and focus groups with architecture academics, students, graduates, practitioners and employers.

The Study is expected to report mid-2019. 

More detail about the Study here.



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Briefing on AACA assessment programs

Interested in finding out about national pathways to registration for practitioners with overseas qualifications or with extensive experience working in an architectural office but no architectural qualifications?

The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia is running 1 hour briefing sessions on the Overseas Qualifications Assessment, the Experienced Practitioner Assessment and the National Program of Assessment at 1pm on Wednesday 5th December and 1pm on Thursday 6th December 2018.

If you want to read more about the different pathways to registration as an Architect in Australia, see this pathways diagram.

Come along and find out about your pathway to registration. There will be an opportunity at the end of the session to talk to AACA staff about your situation and pathway.

Bookings are essential as places are limited. Email [email protected] with an indication of your preferred program of interest to reserve your spot.  

Where? AACA Office, Level 5, 75 Castlereagh St, Sydney CBD 

When? 1pm on Wednesday 5th December OR 1pm on Thursday 6th December 2018

Note that this is not a briefing session on the Architectural Practice Examination (APE).

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75 Castlereagh Street

PO Box A2575

(612) 8042 8930
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